I figured this would be a cool topic to discuss. I'm always curious to know what peoples tatses are in the horror genre nce it's so diverse. I know that alot of you guys that know me already figured out mine. Yes it CREEPSHOW. Why do I love Creepshow so much? Hmmm... It could be that it's a magical film that was created by legendary horror icons such as George A. Romero, Stephen King and Tom Savini. A good reason but not mine. When I first encountered Creepshow I never knew these guys exsted. My love stems from my childhood. When I was a kid my dad used to watch horror films late night on cable all the time. I would always try to sneak out of bed and try to watch these movies with my dad. But I would always get caught and be told that it was too late for me to be up and these movies werent for my eyes. I would have to wait till I was older to watch them. I obeyed but it would not stop in my attraction to scary movies and monsters. Enter Creepshow. Now one night around 1985 or 1986 as far as I can remember. My dad was watching t.v. and had fell asleep on the couch. Me, being the bad little boy I was snuck out of my bed as usual and was ready to be turned around but to my surprise DAD WAS SLEEPING! Could it be? I was so excited that I was finally gonna be able to see some late night programming with no interupption. So I stood in the doorway (in case he woke I would be able to run back without being seen) and started to watch. I remember a program called brain games being
on the t.v. It was a program HBO used to run between movies. So when it finished here came the old HBO intro with the camera panning through a lil miniature town and zooming up to the HBO logo. We now present our feature presentation. I didnt know what was coming on. It could have been anything. I call it fate!The intro to the movie started. It featured a father scolding his son for having a comic book about monsters. I couldn't believe it! I could totally relate to the little boy and what had happened to him. As I watched on I was amzaed as Raoul the window spectre showed up and waved to the kid and he smiled back. Then it turned into a cartoon. I was in total awe.
What kid wouldnt be drawn to it??? So I proceeded to watch on and love every minute of the ghoulish goodness. Fathers Day had me quoting "Where's my cake" for days on end to my little brother and ster. I was in love and still am with the Nate Zombie degn. The voice and cobwebbs in the mouth when speaking are just beyond awesome!
I remember not liking the second story The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill much but have grown to love it nce then. Stephen Kings performance as the lunkhead
was brilliant in my eyes and the tragic ending just worked perfectly.Next up was Something to Tide You Over and I loved every minute of it. Seeing the victims buried in the sand up to their necks and drowning was so scary to me. I wondered how the killer Richard was gonna get his. When he opened the door and the zombie couple appeared I remember running back to my bed. And then slowly I came back to the doorway only to be scared again as they appeared in the bathroom behind Richard. Truly terrifying!!! Then came the story that to this day still remains my favorite of the pack. THE CRATE!!! I watched in delight as the janitor Mike was being devoured whole by a creature that was so small and looked so damn cool! As Fluffy ate his second victim the college student and was fully revealed I was in love with this monster. It was my favorite monster degn and still is to this day. It just looked so damn evil and scary! Now when the beat down husband Henry setup his wife Billy to be killed by the beast I just kept thinking how crazy and cool is this story. Definitely one of my favorite King shorts. Now this is how my first time with last episode They're Creeping Up on You went. First off you have to understand that I have a phobia of insects. Back then and to this day! I remember getting up to the part when Mr.Pratt poured out his rain bran cereal, roaches came out the box and then I ran to bed and never returned. . Haunted by this image I couldn't eat cereal for weeks. I told my mom that I didnt like cereal no more. I only wanted eggs or toast for breakfast. Lol.
It wouldn't be another year or so before I encountered Creepshow on vhs as a rental and finally watched it all the way through. I loved every minute of it!!! My parents had split up at the time and my mom said it was cool to rent horror movies as long as she watched them with me. How could I say no? I watched Creepshow and Friday the 13th Part 6 back to back that night. I love you mom! I think this film is a timeless clasc that encompasses everything a good horror flick is to me. It had excellent stories, good gore,some ck and twisted comedy and a beautifully haunting score. Sorry if I've rambled on too long but my love for this film is ETERNAL!!! I hope my story has inspired milar tales that I would just love to read about. I'll be looking foward to them!Last year I got to devote my forearm to Fluffy! CREEPSHOW 4 LIFE!!!
Sunday 2/27/2011 at 10:53 PM | 72627
Awesome story Mag! Never took you as a Creepshow fan though.
Mine would have to be Halloween. Predictable for me yes, I know. To me this is the ultimate horror/slasher flick. The way the film was shot, the story, Donald Pleasance, the mask. Everything about this movie just strikes me as the horror movie. How Loomis makes Michael Myers to be the very definition of evil is awesome. The emotionless character and expresonless mask is the icing on the cake. It's because of this movie that we have Freddy and Jason.
Sunday 2/27/2011 at 11:12 PM | 72629
Oh man this hard but Mine would probably be The Shining. Iv scene this movie at least 15 times! Its my favorite because its such a unique movie. You realy dont know if Jacks gone crazy or if hese actuly seeing the ghosts. If anyone but jack nicholsone played jack the movie would never be that great. But thats just one of my favorite movies. I also love creepshow Mike great tatoo bro! My other top 3 are The exorcist, The Thing and also american werewolf
Sunday 2/27/2011 at 11:25 PM | 72631
You should give the book a read Zack. The book is actually nothing like Kubrick's veron at all. Great movie, but I like the book a lot better.
Sunday 2/27/2011 at 11:56 PM | 72632
GreT thread magg. My fav horror film from the 80'/ would have to be Fright night. Love everything about it how charlie thinks his neighbor is a vampire n no one believes him i think its a great story. And none of he 2000's vampire flick can be original like fright night. I thought jerry the vampire looked scary and creepy. Hoping one day to have a custom fro
Fright night great flik.
The other horror film all you guys know it has to be Saw. Some people might not like it and call it torture porn but i love the movies cuz of the story. Each film os connected together and at the end it would always leave you on the edge of ur t sayng wtf is going to happen next. The twist and turns the backstory on john kramer andhow he became who he is. I do love the torture dat happens and how he wants dem to value their lives. I been a fan of this franchise for a long time but saw 3d was really a dissapointment. Like i said i loved these films cuz of the story and backstoru on jigsaw but in da last film dey concentrated to much on the traps and not the story. Especially da 3d it sucked. Well dose r one of my fav films the other ones would have to be Scream, Pet sementary, american warewolf in london, creepshow and a nightmare on elm.
Monday 2/28/2011 at 01:43 AM | 72633
My all-time favorite horror movie is the original Godzilla. Godzilla was my gateway drug to all things horror and sci-fi. I've seen nearly every Godzilla film and own almost as many. I know most people would say Godzilla is a sci-fi movie and not a horror film, but the original Japanese movie is truly horrific, especially if you can put yourself in the mindset of a Japanese audience when the movie came out. I've always had a soft spot for black and white horror films as well, the the old style mucal score makes the movie even more perfect for me.
And I'll be joining in your super devotion to my favorite horror film someday too Mag, I've got my Godzilla tattoo all planned out. I just need to find the right artist and get the funds up.
Monday 2/28/2011 at 02:54 AM | 72642
Although Myers, Voorhees, and Krueger are forever my favorite icons only a handful of films can actually bring me back to those days. Maybe it was because I still watch Elm street, Friday and Halloween so often to this day it does'nt have that effect on me "Dawn of the Dead' was the Buness when I put that movie on Im that kid again I remember watching with my parents and brothers in the living room eating tv dinners with the tv trays (old school baby) and Just wonder how it was done from exploding heads to ripping bodys apart I was in heaven even then. It may same odd for a fam eating dinner watching zombie flicks but that was a typical weekend at my house. WHATS YOUR STORY?
Monday 2/28/2011 at 03:24 AM | 72655
i would say my favorite horror movie of all time is the thing. to this day i have yet to see another movie with better makeup FX in it. with most horror movies you have one killer or one monster and thats it. but with the thing you have so many weird and creepy monster degns that the movie had you on edge waiting to see what fucked up thing was coming around the corner next. and my other two favs would have to be the texas chainsaw massacre and the dawn of the dead.
Tuesday 3/01/2011 at 05:11 PM | 72738
I have to agree with Dark Passanger on this one and say Halloween. That film opened the door for me to all the others. The filming, style and muc has never been matched for me. I love that movie to this day.
Sunday 3/06/2011 at 12:26 AM | 73027
John Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness, I love that movie. I seen it when it came out on video, man that movie blew me away . . . still does. I love alot of Carpenter's clascs and all, but this was a bit of a mind fuck for me.
I never really knew where it was going or what could happen, pretty cool movie.
Sunday 3/20/2011 at 08:53 PM | 73640
This shouldn't be a surprise given my avatar, but the original Nightmare on Elm Street. I have 2 very good reasons for this one to be my favorite. First off, Freddy Krueger is one of the most interesting slashers...he actually has a personality, unlike your mute slashers. Next would be the concept of the movie, the fact that a maniac is after you in your dreams, and if you fall asleep you die. It was the most inventive thing in horror for its time. My big 3 is NOES, Friday, and Halloween.
Tuesday 3/22/2011 at 10:25 PM | 73720
I've put this one offlong enough (laughs) all you guys have awesome choices,Creepshow,Halloween,In the Mouth of Madness,The Thing,Dawn of the Dead,Godzilla,Saw,and Fright Night.....great ones.Looking back on my "baptism" into horror, John Carpenter's Halloween is at the forefront.The score,the force of nature,the natural story,and the ending made it awesome to experience(even at an early age)....looking back on it up to now I feel it was awesome.After 2006, and witnesng Fred Krueger for the first time....I've never been the same.The first was phenomenal,just great concept,imaginative and genuinely eerie.The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise spawned lots of movies.I believe my overall favorite was Wes Craven's return in New Nightmare.A sort of Meta-horror in the 90's that cultivated the real world treatment with the pop-culture Freddy spawned.The film is a nice return to the creepy-ness Freddy resonated as well as a totally unique perspective to horror Franchises which mainly consts of providing more back story.That flick was just great LOVE the makeup and the final showdown in his malevolent lair.That film is just really awesome to me.It's an all around nice turn in horror mythos. The film mirrored the treatment of Freddy by us and the "wave" it road on.Heather Langenkamp's return as Nancy is a nice continuance of everything established, they even incorporated her "son" as a victim of Freddy's(which I felt astute, nce he was a child killer/molestor) The idea of this ancient evil embodying his guise after the story became familiar/watered down to sell just spoke to me about the fall of horror in the 90's.It was a goodbye artist move and I SUPREMELY commend him for that classy Fred Astaire-like bow Krueger got to take.That's my favorite I'd say.So many I love, the next one would be Behind the Mask:Rise of Leslie Vernon.
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Thursday 3/24/2011 at 03:02 AM | 73750